The Sunday Currently, Volume 34

Today’s the day! I’m changing up my blog design. This will also mean that my blog will no longer be associated with http://www.emilyabernathy.wordpress.com. You can find me at http://www.emilyabernathy.com for every post after this one. If you currently follow me on Bloglovin at my wordpress.com site, follow my new blog with Bloglovin here.

Daniel and I just got back from a quick one-night trip to Gettysburg. Yesterday we spent the afternoon doing a self-guided auto tour of the Civil War battlefields. We picked up our CDs at the Visitor Center Gift Shop. The tour took about three hours long if you add up the time spent stopping and looking at sites as well as the driving between stops and listening to the audio on the CD. It was pretty fascinating.

Downtown Gettysburg is really cute. We ate at a couple of fun restaurants while we were there. We also took the opportunity to stay at a cute bed & breakfast, The Inn at White Oak. It was a fabulous stay – we recommend it!

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Downtown Gettysburg

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At one of the battlefield sites

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Listening to our Auto Tour, driving to the next stop

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Morning walk at the bed & breakfast

Currently…

Reading   Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I plan to finally wrap this one up this afternoon. I didn’t take too much time to read this past week.

Writing  nothing but this post until after I take a nap. Maybe I’ll be inspired to work on more blog posts after my nap….

Listening  to nothing but the clicking of my keyboard and Daniel typing on his keyboard. It’s pretty quiet in the apartment today.

Thinking  that I can’t decide if I like the new color on my nails. I decided to try Essie’s Sand Tropez for a natural nude look, but I’m not sure if I like it or not.

Smelling  my Caribbean Escape candle again! I love this candle.

Hoping  to have a productive week at work. That fall deadline is creeping up very, very quickly, and I don’t want to have a stressful busy season this fall

Wearing  a cotton sundress from Old Navy

Loving  this gorgeous weather. DC humidity, stay away! I could really love summer if it always felt this way.

Wanting  a nap. I have not been taking many naps lately, but right now it sounds so good to curl up and snooze away for an hour (or two).

Needing  to get to organizing my jewelry stash! I have the tools, I just need to make the time. Perhaps I should do that instead of take that nap. Nah, I need the nap….

Feeling  relaxed. Sunday afternoons at home are so good.

Clicking  on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter…. It’s a social media overindulgence kind of day.

 

This post is for the TSC blog link up at siddathornton. Share yours and link it up!

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Scenes From the Week // 01

Today I’m going to write about my week for two reasons: (1) I don’t have the time or energy to finish the post I was planning to share today and (2) I think I would like to record more of my daily life on this blog. So, I’m calling today’s post Scenes From the Week #1 just in case I want to make a series out of this. I cover my weekends in my The Sunday Currently post every Sunday, so I’ll stick to weekdays in these posts.

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Banana hanging out with us on a low-key weeknight. He loves TV. And, yes, I know he is very chubby.

Monday

I went to work in the morning knowing that I had a lot to get done this week, so I did not forget to bring a full coffee mug along in the car.

After work I met Daniel’s Uncle Kevin for the first time. We met at Busboys and Poets in D.C. It was quite the trek to downtown after work, but it was so nice to walk from the metro to the restaurant in the city. I don’t get into D.C. enough.

Tuesday

In the morning, I made it to spin class. Finally!

After a dinner at home of some delicious tilapia and rice, I worked on blogging and cleaned the apartment. I started to feel a sore throat coming on.

Wednesday

Again, I went to the gym! This time I made it to BodyPump.

During the day, I definitely knew I had come down with either a bad cold or a sinus infection. Not fun.

This evening was the highlight of my week! Kaitlin and Erik came over for homemade burgers. Kaitlin made peach cobbler for dessert, and we played Carcassonne.

Thursday

This evening was really low-key. Daniel and I just worked on our various projects on our computers after watching a show over dinner, and I read some more of my Mindy Kaling book. I also ordered my sister Ellen’s birthday gifts! I think she will love them.

Friday

Work was very busy today. I got a lot done thanks to the OneRepublic album I was listening to on my iPhone.

I’m still fighting that sinus infection. Ugh.

We ate dinner outside at a cafe that’s walking distance from our apartment. Currently, we are watching the movie Her, and then we will pack for our little one night trip to Gettysburg that starts bright and early tomorrow!

That’s my week! I haven’t decided if I will continue with this series or not. Maybe I will just post one of these occasionally. Also, if I continue, I’ll try to take more pictures of daily life to share along with these updates. I really want to get back in the habit of daily Instagramming anyway.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Weekly Wishes #25

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Driving along the Galveston coast

Each week, I link up with The Nectar Collective to join the community of bloggers who share their goals for the week. I’m continuing to update my goals for the entire month of July rather than having a new set of goals each week. Right now, thinking about my to-dos in this big picture format has been working the best for me.

Sometimes I wonder why I post these goals updates, but then I remember how much I am motivated by reading other people’s goals, and I also think about the encouragement I have gotten from doing this link-up. For these reasons, I definitely want to continue doing these posts, at least for the time being. I don’t expect that most people would like reading goals updates, but that’s okay!

July Goals

1. Read three books. I should be wrapping up book #2 soon! It has been great to be back into a good habit of reading.

2. Organize my jewelry. Over the weekend, I was randomly walking past The Container Store, so I dropped in to take another look at the jewelry organization sets I have been eyeing for months. Well, they happened to be on sale, so I took that as a sign that I should buy them. I had some good ideas on cheaper alternatives, but none of them were working for me due to my small drawer space and various other reasons. I’m happy with the purchase, and I look forward to diving in and being reunited with all the jewelry I have forgotten about over the years.

3. Revamp my blog design and layout!! I am happy to report that I have a fun, new blog design and layout nearly ready to go! Daniel helped me out over the weekend – I could not have done this without him. We had hoped to launch it Sunday night, but there are a few more things I want to tweak before I completely transition over. I imagine it will be up by one week from now, and I can’t wait!

4. Write all of my posts about our Europe trip that I have planned… and post them! I am not making good progress on this goal. I may have to give myself some extra time to actually write all of the remaining posts, but I plan to have the next one up soon (hopefully this week).

5. Explore SkillShare classes and start working on one. From last week: “I want to be a life-long learner. To me this involves reading fiction and non-fiction, traveling, working on a language with my Duolingo app, watching documentaries, working on playing an instrument (for me, this would be piano, but I haven’t played in years), keeping up with current events, and taking classes just for the sake of learning. I’ve done a decent job of being a life-long learner in some of these areas, but I want to work on the areas I’m neglecting. Hopefully, signing up for SkillShare will help me to grow and work my brain! Do you have any class recommendations? I’m interested in so many different things, but I imagine I would want my first class to be related to developing my blog since that is currently my main hobby.” I have looked into and started a couple of classes, but I haven’t committed to one just yet!

I’m happy with my goal progress as of this week. Hopefully, I can keep it up! In other news, I think I am getting sick, so I’m going to bed as soon as I publish this. Goodnight, world!

The Sunday Currently, Volume 33

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DC’s Truckeroo, July 11

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Typical Saturday afternoon at home

I’m writing this post from home for what seems like the first time in ages! We have been traveling up a storm, taking advantage of the sweet summertime. It has been amazing, but sometimes an unplanned weekend at home is the best. Friday Daniel and I checked out Truckeroo, one of DC’s food truck festivals (yummy!) and then called it a very early night. Saturday was filled with meal planning, running errands, a matinee (we saw Begin Again and really enjoyed it!), and a night out with friends. For today, we are going to go out for a late lunch, and then I hope to get to some cleaning and reading. Also, today is finally the day where I begin the process of upgrading my blog to wordpress.org with a new design and all! I’ve never done this before, but this could mean my blog looks different as soon as this evening. We will see!

Currently… 

Reading   Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I haven’t actually started, but I’m looking forward to it! I hear it’s a fun, light read.

Writing  plans in my planner and blog post ideas. Also, I’ve gotten back into my wonderful habit of daily journaling. Okay, I haven’t quite gotten back to doing it every single day, but I am writing in it several times a week, and it feels so good!

Listening  to a summer playlist I made for myself. Currently, One Minute More by Capital Cities is playing. I just love this song!

Thinking  that it’s certainly time for some lunch

Smelling  my Caribbean Escape candle

Hoping  to get back into my old workout routine this week. For real this time….

Wearing  shorts and a v-neck t-shirt

Loving  coffee. And my summer playlist. And snuggling with my kitty (meet Banana here).

Wanting  some sort of egg dish for lunch. Usually for Sunday lunch/brunch, I want nothing more than a stack of pancakes, but today I’m really craving eggs….

Needing  to get over to my apartment complex’s pool soon! Every summer, I look back and wonder why I didn’t spend more time by the pool here.

Feeling  kind of headachey but fairly good otherwise

Clicking  on Bloglovin’. Just this morning I discovered two new blogs that I love, so I’m enjoying clicking through their posts (here and here).

 

This post is for the TSC blog link up at siddathornton. Share yours and link it up!

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June Favorites

June is over. Actually, we are almost halfway through July! I’m going to join the rest of the world (again) by saying that I am in shock how quickly 2014 is going. Life, won’t you slow down already?

Book

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

I was able to read three books in June. My favorite of the three was The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. This book surprised me – I didn’t expect to love it. The reviews were not above average, and the plot sounded interesting but not fantastic. I honestly just picked it out because it was the first book that came to mind to qualify for one of the categories in the summer reading challenge I’m doing. But I loved it! Edwards has a beautiful writing style. I found myself absorbed in the story and reading hundreds of pages at a time without putting it down. While the ending wasn’t what I was hoping for, it does wrap up nicely. I highly recommend you add this to your summer reading list.

Music

OneRepublic

Yes, I know OneRepublic has been popular for years. But before this summer, I never really liked many of their songs I heard on the radio. Then my co-workers invited me to join them at the OneRepublic concert, and that changed it all for me! I can’t stop listening to their newest album Native. I love the song “I Lived” – Ryan Tedder (lead singer of the band) wrote this song for his four-year-old son; it’s all about living life to the fullest, and I find it very inspiring.

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Food

Skinny Cow Snickerdoodle Cookies

I don’t have a picture of these because I made myself stop buying them to prevent devouring them everyday, but click the link to take a look. Basically, a Snickerdoodle Skinny Cow is an ice cream sandwich with cinnamon ice cream between two oatmeal cookies. And somehow, this magical little dessert is only 140 calories! It’s pretty fantastic – especially for summertime!

Beauty/Skincare

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Stila In The Light Eyeshadow Palette

For my birthday, I received some spending money from family members. Thanks to their generosity, I was able to buy this palette and the Lush Ocean Salt Scrub (see below). I had been eyeing this palette for a while, and I’m so glad I got it! I wore it throughout all of June, and I think I’ll be constantly wearing it year-round. I’ll admit, I’ve only really used the lighter colors, but I’m hoping to become a little more adventurous by trying out some looks with the darker colors for special occasions soon.

Lush Ocean Salt Face & Body Scrub

I had heard so many great things about this scrub before buying it. Now that I have it, I wish I could continually repurchase it! It smells AMAZING – lime and coconut and vanilla and all the best summer scents in one. The lady in the store told me it was “like a margarita for your body”, and she was right! The sea salt provides a really good scrub for your face and your body. My skin feels so soft after using it. My only complaint is that you have to use a lot of product to scrub your whole body since the sea salt dissolves so quickly. This means if you use it regularly, it won’t last long. I have been using it about twice a week for one month, and my 8.8oz container is nearly empty. I don’t think I will repurchase for now because of the price – $36! While I definitely loved using it this month, I just can’t justify paying that much for a product that only lasts a month or two. I do plan to treat myself to it occasionally in the future though!

Tech

Starbucks App

I have been using the Starbucks app for a while. I love how easy the app is to use. You just open it up, shake your phone, and the bar code pops up. Every Starbucks I have ever been too will now accept payment with this app. At first, I was worried that the automatic re-fill feature would encourage me to buy too much Starbucks, but I have figured out the perfect system to make it work in my favor. Since I’m a Starbucks gold member, I get every 12th drink free. Since I love their Blonde Roast regular coffee, I almost always order that so that I’m not spending $4-6 every time I go. Even though this is a much cheaper purchase than most of their drinks, it still counts as one of the twelve stars toward a free drink on my app. With my husband and I sharing the same account, we get free drinks fairly often, so it’s fun to treat ourselves to some of the more exciting cappuccinos, frappuccinos, and lattes with those free drinks that we earn.

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Blog

Siddathornton

I’ve been a fan of Lauren’s blog for a while now. She took somewhat of a break from blogging for a bit, but then she recently came back in full force by blogging every single day in June. Now she has released her new posting schedule, and I’m excited to see that she plans to continue blogging regularly! She has a gift for making the simple things in life seem magical. I also think that she and I have very similar interests which naturally makes me more interested in what she has to say. I’ve been linking up with her all year with The Sunday Currently link-up that she hosts, and I have found many of my other favorite bloggers through the link-up. You should definitely hop on over and click through some of her posts here!

What did you enjoy in June?

Click here to see all of my past favorites posts!

 

Weekly Wishes #24 and SCSBC 2014 Book Challenge: Month 2

I’m back from my trip to Galveston Island, Texas with my sisters. I had almost more airline delays than I could handle in this one little trip, but I had a blast with my sisters! Galveston is such a cute, historical island for exploring and relaxing – the perfect getaway for the holiday weekend.

This post has two parts: first, I am reporting my progress on my July goals (which isn’t much yet since I was traveling most of last week) in connection with the Weekly Wishes link-up hosted by The Nectar Collective, and second, I’m checking in with my Month 2 update for the Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge.

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First time at the pool this summer – Galveston, July 5

July Goals

1. Read three books. This is the one goal I was able to work on while traveling. I finished The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, and I thought it was fantastic! I thought it was so good, in fact, that I rated it 5 stars on GoodReads – a rare thing for me to do.

2. Organize my jewelry. I have not done anything for this organizational project yet, but I have started getting ideas from different people.

3. Revamp my blog design and layout!! Daniel is out hiking the Appalachian Trail right now, but he comes back tomorrow. And, we are actually not traveling this weekend (for once!), so I think we may work on this then.

4. Write all of my posts about our Europe trip that I have planned… and post them! I’ve started my third and final post about our trip to London, and then I’ll do some posts on Paris. I think I can still have all of these completed by the end of the month.

NEW GOAL: 

5. Explore SkillShare classes and start working on one. I want to be a life-long learner. To me this involves reading fiction and non-fiction, traveling, working on a language with my Duolingo app, watching documentaries, working on playing an instrument (for me, this would be piano, but I haven’t played in years), keeping up with current events, and taking classes just for the sake of learning. I’ve done a decent job of being a life-long learner in some of these areas, but I want to work on the areas I’m neglecting. Hopefully, signing up for SkillShare will help me to grow and work my brain! Do you have any class recommendations? I’m interested in so many different things, but I imagine I would want my first class to be related to developing my blog since that is currently my main hobby.

Semi-Charmed Summer 2014 Book Challenge: Month 2 Check-In

I have had a lot of fun doing this summer reading challenge! I’ve made okay progress this past month, but I’m still behind. I’m not going to get mad at myself if I don’t complete the challenge on time, but it is definitely still a big summer goal of mine!

Finished Books:

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that is at least 200 pages long.
— Someday, Someday, Maybe, Lauren Graham (344 pages, 4 stars) [from Month 1 update]

25 points: Read a book written by a blogger.
 Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, Shauna Niequist (252 pages, 4 stars) [blog] [from Month 1 update]

15 points: Read a historical fiction book that does not take place in Europe.
— Out of the Easy, Ruta Sepetys (346 pages, 3 stars) [set in the United States]

20 points: Read a book that was/will be adapted to film in 2014.
— The Fault in Our Stars, John Green (318 pages, 4 stars)

20 points: Read a book with “son(s),” “daughter(s)” or “child(ren)” in the title.
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards (401 pages, 5 stars)

PREVIOUS POINTS: 30
TOTAL POINTS: 85

Currently Reading:

15 points: Read a book another blogger has already read for the challenge.
— The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman (352 pages, rating TBD)

What are you reading this summer?

The Sunday Currently, Volume 32

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Today’s post will be short as I’m literally typing this on my iPad at the beach with my sisters in Galveston. Aaah, I just love a beach day.

Currently… 

Reading   The Memory Keeper’s Daughter. It’s excellent so far, and I hope to finish it on the three hour plane ride tomorrow.

Writing  this post and then I’m back to my book and magazine on the beach

Listening  to the waves crashing and children playing

Thinking  that I’m so happy to be here with Elizabeth and Ellen

Smelling  the salty ocean air and sunscreen

Hoping  for this day to slow down

Wearing  a swimsuit

Loving  Galveston. I had no idea how much there was to see and do here!

Wanting  and really looking forward to our dinner of Mexican food tonight!

Needing  to apply more sunscreen I’m sure

Feeling  relaxed and content

Clicking  on Instagram occasionally, but that’s it for today

 

This post is for the TSC blog link up at siddathornton. Share yours and link it up!

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